May. 02, 2012

Shaping Lives of Purpose: The President's Recognition Dinner highlights the difference donors make

Ed Pettinella '73

Ed Pettinella '73 speaks after he received the Geneseo Foundation Philanthropic Leadership Award at the President's Recognition Dinner on April 27. Members of the college community gathered in the Union Ballroom for the annual event to thank the many donors whose generous gifts provide outstanding experiences for students. /PHOTO BY KEITH WALTERS '11

 

 

 

Thanks to the many opportunities in and out of class, Becky Meissner '12 says she has been able to pursue all of her interests at Geneseo. The physics and Spanish major sings in an a capella group, has built a Habitat for Humanity house, hiked part of the Appalachian Trail and has studied streamflow as an independent research project. Grants from the Geneseo Foundation provided necessary GPS equipment for the research. This fall, she begins her master's degree in water resources engineering.

Meissner and other members of the college community gathered in the Union Ballroom on April 27 at the Annual President's Recognition Dinner to thank the many donors whose generous gifts provide outstanding experiences for students.

"I am one of the many Geneseo students who have been influenced by your support," Meissner said. "Thanks to all of you for changing the course of our lives."

Alumni were also honored at the event for accomplishments in career and willingness to give back.

Ed Pettinella '73 was honored with the Geneseo Foundation Philanthropic Leadership Award. At the Shaping Lives of Purpose: The Campaign for Geneseo launch iGREAT Dayn New York City, Pettinella announced his gift of $1 million. The gift will provide transformative support for the School of Business in the form of endowments to fund a professorship and scholarships, as well as an ambassadorship in the Center for Inquiry, Discovery and Leadership.

So far, Shaping Lives of Purpose has raised more than $19 million of its goal of more than $22 million to strengthen Geneseo's endowment and to enrich student experiences. Pettinella is CEO and president of Home Properties Inc., which owns, operates, develops, acquires and rehabilitates apartments in 12 states. He is on or has served on numerous boards, including the National Multi-Housing Council.

Ted Ackroyd '67 was awarded the Alumni Association's Professional Achievement Award for his entrepreneurial, management, academic and analytical expertise, and his commitment to education. His Healthcare Data Company contributes to the well-being of others through data and research services. Ackroyd has also been a successful professor, entrepreneur, CEO, and project director for federal and state government data projects.

Geneseo's Thursday Night Jazz Ensemble, led by Lecturer Jonathan Kruger, performed at the dinner. The Geneseo String Band, led by Lecturer Jim Kimball, played for guests before the event. Guests also saw a sampling of GREAT Day exhibits that were selected to be showcased before the event (pictured, with Becky Meissner '12 and Geneseo Foundation Board President Jack Kramer '76).